Three years ago, the MA in Clinical Psychology program at AUSB partnered with the Santa Barbara Family Service Agency and Alzheimer’s Association. Together, they received a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) to support and educate caregivers and the professionals who serve them, including student training at AUSB. The grant enabled Antioch to offer clinical psychology students paid placements for their traineeships, which is unusual. Completion of clinical hours is generally on a volunteer basis. “Being able to offer paid traineeships has helped to draw enrollment for the program,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, Core Faculty in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara and a co-author of the grant.
This year, the partners wanted to offer a conference on the topic to the community including family caregivers and professionals who might benefit from training in how to best support family caregivers. This has resulted in the Caring Together Symposium being held at two locations, Santa Barbara City College and the Santa Maria Public Library on September 7th and 8th, respectively.
The symposium is open to the public, and caregivers are encouraged to attend. It will feature a keynote presentation, “Finding Gratitude and Positive Meaning in Family Caregiving, by nationally known speakers, Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. and Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D. There will also be a panel discussion with professional representatives of organizations serving caregivers, as well as a Q & A session. The conference includes 3.5 CE’s for LCSW, LMFT, LPCC participants.